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check. >>> more and more gun advocates changing their mind. >>> all that, plus comfort guards in newtown. obama and boehner wheel and deal. >> announcer: this is "early today" for tuesday, december 18th, 2012. >>> good morning, this morning, we're learning more about adam lanza, the troubled 20-year-old who took the lives of 27 people last week including new details with his relationship with parents. adam's parents separated in 2001 and later separated in 2009. they said peter lanza cut off visiting adam around 2010. that was around the time that peter lanza began dating his new wife. peter lanza paid his ex-wife nancy just under $200,000 in alimony in 2012. friends say nancy lanza had not been working in recent years. adam lanza had, quote, no connections to the school where the massacre occurred. >>> students are returning to school this morning for the first time since the shooting massacre. meanwhile, more families will hold funerals. nbc's danielle leigh joins us. >> reporter: good morning. over my shoulder, you may be able to make out a christmas tree that's marking the memorial t
. >>> and officials in newtown, connecticut have a message for well wishers in the wake of the school shooting that claimed 26 lives. please stop sending gifts. they say they're overwhelmed with all the stuffed animals and toys. >>> meantime, newtown officials say they have a plan for all the flowers and gifts left at roadside tributes. george coley has that story. >> reporter: if the outpouring of love and support for the residents of newtown can be measured by the growing memorials spread throughout the community then it is overflowing. john and his son aidan from pennsylvania stopped to drop off flowers on the way to visiting relatives in massachusetts. >> we wanted to pay tribute to all the childrenard teacher who have lost their lives in this great tragedy. >> reporter: now, the town is making preparation for what to do with all the mementos. and the decision is to leave everything behind for the construction of a permanent memorial. the plan is to turn everything that's bio degradable into the soil. anything not bio degradable will be turned into cement blocks. newtown selectmen added th
. >>> coming up, a million-dollar t-rex smuggling ring. newtown shooter adam lanza's dna will be studied. >>> plus who are hollywood's most bankable stars? you're watching "early today." >>> welcome back to "early today." scientists plan to study the dna of adam lanza the 20-year-old who shoot and killed 26 people at newtown, connecticut. they hope to find an abnormality that could predict an inclination towards violence. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton will return to work next week after a stomach flu and concussion sidelined her three weeks. she will report on security failures and the september 11th attack in benghazi, libya, that killed four americans. >>> some good news on law enforcement, deaths of police fell 23%. with just four days left until the end of the year, 127 state and local offices as compared to 165 last year. next, to the criminal world of dinosaur smugglers. a fossil dealer from florida admitted to sneaking stolen dinosaur bones to the u.s. the bones included a 70-year-old tyrannosaurus that sold at auction for more than $1 million. >>> and finally, from the c
cruz. >>> days after the national rifle association's first public comments since the newtown massacre, critics are taking aim at the controversial plan to put armed guards in schools. the head of the powerful group is sticking to its guns on the explosive issue. one congress won't be able to do anything about until sometime next month. brian mooar has details. >> reporter: in his first interview after the connecticut shooting tragedy, nra chief wayne lapierre was defiant. >> look, a gun is a tool. the problem is the criminal. >> reporter: the powerful gun lobby and its allies insist gun laws aren't the answer. they want more guns in the hands of good guys. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy. >> people resisted having weapons on airplanes. but i oversaw the federal air marshals, and it's a deterrent. >> reporter: legislation will have to waited for the new congress to get settled in, but the debate is already underway. >> trying to prevent school shootings? schools without talking about guns is like
] >> reporter: in newtown, connecticut, it was a day of lingering heartache. empty stockings now filled with gift. first responders gave their time so the town's police could spend the day with their family. >> just the right thing to do. that's why we're here. something needs to be done and we're glad to be here. >> it's a pleasure helping out. >> police officers giving police officers time off, you couldn't ask for a better christmas gift. >> reporter: in the new york area where thousands are without homes because of hurricane sandy, volunteers are there. handing out toys, food and blankets at relief centers. >> for people to come out and help people, you can't put a price on that, you can't buy that. >> reporter: in places with direct tragedy, americans mark the day in their own ways while keeping those less fortunate in their thought 3s. >> when people are suffering, going through hardships, many, many people come to offer their help in whatever they can do. >> reporter: across the nations, americans attended church services and spent time with family and friends. at the mitchell of
. >>> new year's eve preps and the new york giants open their hearts to the families of newtown, connecticut. "early today" starts right now. >>> and a very good morning to you on this new year's eve. it's nice to see you this morning. i'm veronica de la cruz. we begin with secretary of state hillary clinton in the hospital. clinton was admitted to new york presbyterian hospital after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month. the clot was discovered during a followup exam sunday. she's being treated with blood thinners, and doctors will monitor the medication over the next two days. the 65-year-old clinton fell and suffered a concussion when she fainted while home alone in mid-december as she recovered from a stomach virus that left her severely dehydrated. clinton had been planning to return to work this week. >>> it is crunch time on capitol hill. senate and house negotiators have just a few crucial hours left to come up with a compromise to avert the looming financial mess. if they don't, here's what's going to happen -- everyone's tax ra
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